Written by the wonderful Victoria Adams a yoga teacher and health coach 🧘🏼♀️
I am not a big coffee drinker. I only ever remember to drink the herbal tea I’d made by the time it’s gone cold. For most of my adult life, I’ve stuck to water, freshly-extracted juice and – in my broker days – wodkaor wine. But then there was OMGTea: the Matcha that tastes amazing and has improved my health and happiness tenfold. It has been good enough for Zen Buddhist Monks for over 800 years, and fancy enough to grace the drinks menus of countless coffee shops and even cocktail bars. Drinking Matcha will mirror the benefits your Yoga practice offers, as well as enhance them. Here’s why I am drinking it, and how OMGTea has shown me how to love Matcha…
How Matcha will help you if you’re stressed and overworked
My former job left me wired enough from stress. I didn’t need coffee to give me that get up and go in the mornings; my adrenal glands were already pumping out adrenaline and cortisol on overdrive. I stayed away from caffeine and other stimulants as much as possible because they stress the adrenal glands, and used yoga and meditation to ground me. This is where Matcha comes in – it is fantastic to drink for those who are over-stressed, tired, and quite likely adrenally-fatigued.
How Matcha can enhance your Meditation and Yoga practice
Buddhist Monks drank Matcha because it actually enhanced meditation, allowing them to relax the mind but remain energised. It offers the body a boost of energy without jitters, anxiety or that inevitable crash – call it a “clean pick-me-up” if you wish. It does not cause disruption to my stress hormones or the mind chatter that I am working to quieten during yoga practice.
I’ve noticed a huge difference since incorporating good-quality Matcha into my own diet and wellness menus on the retreats I run. My sleep has improved and the way I practice yoga has changed. I relax more quickly in both body and mind, my entire practice feels more grounded and even my flexibility has improved.
Guests who have enjoyed Matcha on the retreats are reporting: “I now have a delicious ritual where I drink Matcha before practice – I am practising more frequently and enjoying it even more”
Katherine Swift, OMGTea’s founder calls it “liquid meditation”. Why does Matcha aid meditation and yoga? Read on…
The Science behind Matcha’s benefits on Stress and the Nervous System
The components in Matcha work synergistically with the small amount of caffeine it contains to reduce physiological and psychological stresses. Matcha is rich in the amino acid L-Theanine. It boosts alpha brain waves to promote a more alert state of relaxation, which keeps you calm, focused, and energised for hours. L-Theanine enhances yoga and meditation because it creates an effect similar to that which meditation itself can produce – calming the nervous system (rather than over-stimulating it, like caffeine does) and regulating our blood sugar levels – good enough for Tibetan monks and modern-day yogis alike.
So, in a nutshell, whether you are practising yoga or meditation, working like a Trojan or go fishing at the weekends, your body and mind will be more grounded and better able to handle whatever is thrown your way, with more ease and efficiency. Enlightenment and levitation have not yet been scientifically proven, but watch this space 😉
Yoga Asana for Busy People
There are a few very simple postures you can enjoy at home to either calm or energise you. Give these a go:
Supported Supta Buddha Konasana– this is a gentle hip opener that relieves stress and is a fantastic posture to help reconnect to your breath. Also helps relieve symptoms of PMS and menopause.
Urdhva Dhanurasana– backbends are energising for your body and can also lift your mood!
CRIB SHEET – How Matcha mirrors the benefits of Meditation and Yoga
1. Promotes a new state of mind as L-Theanine boosts alpha-wave production.
2. Energises and reinvigorates without over-stimulating the adrenals.
3. Calms and relaxes, promoting the efficiency of thoughts and a more alert mental state.
4. Relaxes muscles and helps burn fat thanks to its high antioxidant content.
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These accessories have been used by Buddhist monks for over 800 years during tea ceremonies. Of course, you can use alternatives, but who doesn’t want to feel like a Buddhist monk every once in a while!
Do I need a sieve/tea strainer?
This is without a doubt the most important accessory when making matcha. The reason for this is simply that matcha becomes electrostatic when ground in a granite stone mill. To avoid lumps in your delicious drink you want to sieve it.
Do I need a chasen bamboo whisk?
It’s fun, it’s traditional but you can use an alternative. You can use any whisk you have at home (not forks, trust us, we’ve tried). Although it has to be said, the bamboo whisk is very easy to use and an extremely effective accessory.
We don’t all have temperature-controlled kettles, what do we do?
If you want to benefit from all that matcha can offer, then you have to make sure your matcha is not heated higher than 80°C. This means cooler water and milk in your tea and no cooking! Heating matcha higher than 80°C will decrease its health benefits as you can burn the leaves and it can also ruin the smooth and slightly sweet taste of OMGTea, making it taste bitter.
Top tip: If you don’t have a temperature-controlled kettle – put your kettle on first thing in the morning, continue your morning routine and leave for 7-10 minutes as suggested by our lovely customers.
Are there any other ways I can make matcha tea?
Of course, there’s always another way! Some of our customers use blenders, Vitamix and electric whisks. If you were making matcha lattes, you could use a milk frother; it’s our favourite electrical here at OMGTea HQ.
It all comes down to traditional vs modern, but there’s no reason why they can’t come together. Know that there’s always a different way to do things.
We would love to know how you make your OMGTea organic matcha green tea, send us some pictures 📸
As you probably know OMGTea’s organic matcha green tea has 15x the nutritional value of normal green tea. It also contains 3x as much L-theanine as normal green tea. Why is this so important? And what in the world is L-theanine?
L-theanine is an amino acid which promotes alpha brain wave production. It has a similar effect on the brain to that of meditation, you know, that relaxed but focused feeling you get. This is why the Buddhist monks have been drinking matcha for 800 years, it enhances meditation and yoga. You want some matcha now, don’t you!
Well, there’s more:
- You will notice a boost in your memory and focus (who doesn’t need that!)
- Several studies have shown that it may improve mood, by boosting serotonin and dopamine
Also, some studies have shown it reduces cognitive decline, so L-theanine can prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease
Why does matcha contain more L-theanine than normal green tea?
Matcha comes from the same green tea plant as normal green tea. However, before it’s harvested the plant is covered in 90% darkness, which encourages the plant to produce more chlorophyll to make up for the lack of sunlight. This, therefore, makes the leaves rich in amino acids, such as L-theanine, making the chlorophyll rise to the top and turning the leave a beautiful emerald green, like our matcha powder!
This is why we love it so matcha 💚
We know you love matcha as much as we do, but we wanted to tell you why we should ALL drink the emerald green elixir:
1. Improves Concentration, Memory & Focus
As we all know Zen Buddhist monks have been drinking matcha green tea for over 800 years, 800 years!! This is because it enhances meditation allowing them to relax their mind but remain energised. This is all down to L-theanine, a little amino acid contained in the emerald leaves. Now, for alert relaxation, you need L-theanine to boost alpha brain waves. Even better L-theanine increases the production of dopamine and serotonin, the chemicals which enhance mood, focus, concentration and memory!
Tip: Drink before a Yoga session for ultimate concentration
2. High in Antioxidants
You’ve heard about these, they are the ones who fight off all the bad stuff in your body, like viruses and diseases, detoxifying your body. These antioxidants are rich in polyphenols, most of which are catechins, EGCG is one of the most important of all, and guess what, matcha is super rich in EGCG!
Tip: matcha can have 200x the amount of EGCG as regular green tea.
3. Easy to Make
We cannot stress this enough!
You can use the lovely bamboo whisk, but really all you need is an electric whisk – which you already have – a teaspoon and a tea strainer or sieve!
1: Heat up some water to 80°C
2: Put 1tsp of OMGTea matcha green tea in a bowl
3: Pour a small amount of water and whisk into a paste, top it up with some more water and you’re done!
Tip: Add some Oat Milk and a drop of Vanilla essence for ultimate goodness
4. Aids Weightloss
Matcha is able to increase the body’s ability to burn fat. But don’t take our word for it, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition ran a study which showed that green tea increases the rate at which your body burns calories. Useful right?
Tip: Another study found that matcha can increase your metabolism, so if you drink it before exercise, you can burn 25% more fat!
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That festive time of year has come around again – what is your signature gift this year? 🎁
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Some years we shoot for socks, others we beeline for bath salts, we might even go crazy for candles. But this year, just because its Christmas, wouldn’t it be great to give the gift of vitality. Instead of writing “don’t eat them all at once” on the £11 box of chocolates from the shop which can’t be named. This could be a reality with our range of life affirming matcha tea products!
How many coffee addicts do you know? And, how many of them can’t start the day until the magic brown elixir? We challenge you to ask these friends of yours to try switching one of their coffees to a matcha inspired drink. 🍵
When you give the gift of matcha – you give the gift of a healthy lifestyle.
Ways in which OMGTEA enhances a healthy lifestyle:
- Matcha green tea is packed full of amino acids, chlorophyl, and dopamine – You will feel happier after one cup, get ready for your uplifting mood boost. Happiness in liquid form, extraordinary for blasting away blue Monday and dark January. 🎄
- Matcha will give you energy. Imagine wanting to get out of your warm bed at the crack of dawn ready to embrace the day! January will be the month to get organised, get healthy and get happy. Not to mention how much the energy will help with the last minute, 24th December rush to M&S to get your uncles novelty socks. 🎄
- Matcha helps you detox. Banish those pesky toxins, and take the time to un-gunk your extraordinary body. Matcha green tea has 137 X the amount of antioxidants than regular green tea. Get tea-toxing. 🎄
- Loose weight! Helps you to burn fat by increasing thermogensis from 8 – 10% to 35 – 43% and lowers LDL cholesterol. Don’t stuff or starve your body by using chemical weight loss aids, go natural and go green. A recent study showed that Matcha increased fat oxidation in women by over 80%! 🎄
The new year is a great time for us to whip ourselves into shape, write our resolutions and make healthy changes for a happier 2018!
We hope it's not too soon to say, Merry Christmas everyone! Love the OMGTEA team x 🍵
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Matcha – the ultimate superfood
Green tea is a rich natural source of antioxidants. It’s said to be a superfood and is rich in polyphenols, most of which are catechins. Studies have shown catechins can protect the body against free radicals, slow the aging process and fighting viruses and diseases. EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) is one of the most beneficial of these catechins and is found in abundance in Matcha. Scientists have now discovered EGCG to be at least 100 times more effective than Vitamin C and 25 times more effective than Vitamin E at protecting cells and DNA from free radical damage. Moreover recent studies show that Matcha can have 200 times the amount of EGCG as regular steeped green tea.
OMG Tea customers are reporting fantastic health benefits over and above a boost in energy. Matcha drinkers report feeling invigorated, also showing improvements in inflammatory pain relief, more youthful skin and hair and even a cure from a hangover! Not only is Matcha the most powerful antioxidant among teas, researchers have determined that gram for gram Matcha is the most powerful antioxidant known to occur naturally in nature.
ORAC measures the capability of antioxidants in food and beverages. Matcha scores up to 1,573 units.
ORAC Scores of top antioxidant foods in ORAC units per gram (1)
ORAC = Oxygen Radical Absorbing Capacity
Goji berries: 253
Dark Chocolate: 227
Wild blueberries: 93
Acai berries: 60
(1) Source: Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Antioxidant Capacities of Common Foods in the United States, Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry 2004, 52, 4026-4037 // ORAC Analysis on Matcha Green Tea:
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All the benefits of Matcha Tea on-the-go.
We all live extraordinary lives these days, with the pace of life moving quicker than ever. Sometimes we need a little help to keep going. We have created an extraordinary range of organic matcha green tea, specifically to help you to live your extraordinary life, on-the-go.
But sometimes there just isn’t enough time to spoon, whisk and drink the tea.
No problem, we’ve added a fantastic supplement to our range, we know that you live fast lives, and now you can get the benefits of organic matcha tea with even less effort.
Just two capsules contain the same amount of OMGTea Matcha tea as in one cup, and you still get all the following health benefits:
- Increased energy levels and focus – this is why the Zen Buddhist Monks have been using it for over 800 years to aid their meditation.
- The potential to regulate blood sugar levels & lower cholesterol
- Our clinical study in women has shown that OMGTea can aid healthy weight loss
- Abundant in detoxifying antioxidants.
1 cup of Matcha tea has the nutritional value of approximately 15 cups of regular green tea Packed with the potent antioxidant EGCg.
All of this from two tiny capsules as well feeling great you can also be pleased in the knowledge that a percentage of our profits from this and all of our products goes to the Healthy Life foundation. Their mission is to support scientific and medical research, targeted at preventing degenerative disease. With the aim to extend both human health span and life span, thus improving quality of life nationally and globally.